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can you tell me about tourettes?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Tourette Syndrome is: a neurological disorder characted by repetitive, stereotypic, involuntary motor movements & sounds called motor & vocal tics that have lasted at least a year without more than a 2-month period without tics. It is often associated with ADHD & OCD. It usually starts in childhood & is 3-4 times more common in boys than girls. Tics may peak before puberty & abate in adolescence or young adulthood.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Any treatment for tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tourette: Most cases are mild & require no medications, can benefit from reassurance & psychobehavioral therapy (cognitive therapy, biofeedback) & education. Medications that are helpful for tics are; clonidine, orap, (pimozide) tenex, and other medications that treat comorbid conditions such as OCD & adhd.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have tourette's or ocd?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
See a psychiatrist: Tourette's disorder is characterized by uncontrolled utterances or movements and ocd involves obssesive thoughts with compulsive behaviors that are usually a way of decreasing anxiety related to the obssesive thoughts. A psychiatrist can help you sort this out and recommend treatment if indicated.
Dr. Timothy Re
Dr. Timothy Re commented
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
We used to think there was much overlap and relation between the two. They can share many similar characteristics
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How do I tell the difference between tourette syndrome or aspergers symptoms?

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Dr. John Wynn
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Two disorders: Tourette's syndrome involves making involuntary movements, sounds or speech, sometimes associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Asperger's syndrome involves difficulty reading & responding to social cues. Some as patients have unusual movements - arm flapping & others - but these are quite different from ts. Some people do have both conditions.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Hi I am 21 and suffer from tourettes. I have never been diagnosed though. How should I tell my doctor and what will he do?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Tourette's syndrome: There's no specific test that can diagnose tourette's syndrome. Instead, doctors must rely on the history of symptoms to diagnose the disorder.Before you go to the doctor's make sure you, write down any symptoms experienced, write down key personal information(like any major stresses/recent life changes), make a list of all medications, and write down questions to ask your doctor.Hope this helped :].
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how I could educate people about tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Compare to Seizures: One way to explain tourette's to folks you are around and interact with is to "compare" it to another neurologic disorder like seizure disorder. Make the analogy that you have movements that are beyond your control, they are involuntary, "like a seizure" Here is a good web link to share... http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm

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